49ers Alum Merton Hanks Returns To Bay Area For Major New Collegiate Post
Although NFL alumnus Merton Hanks is a Texas native, he evidently has a hard time resisting the allure of California.
The former Pro Bowl safety, who earned a Super Bowl XXIX ring and was an eight-year (1991-98) standout with the San Francisco 49ers, was named last week as Senior Associate Commissioner for Football Operations for the Pac-12 conference. He will be relocating to San Francisco early next month with his wife Marva to take on his new responsibilities.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the continued growth of the Pac-12’s football programs,” says the 52-year Hanks. “I look forward to working with the Conference’s athletic directors, administrators, and Commissioner (Larry) Scott’s great team to support our student-athletes’ success on and off the field.”
In his new role, Hanks will be responsible for all aspects of Pac-12 football administration, including scheduling, officiating, replay command center operations, Conference Football Championship Games and bowl relationships. He will report directly to Commissioner Scott.
Hanks’ previous administrative positions prepared him well for his new post. He joins the Pac-12 after serving as Senior Associate Commissioner of Conference-USA where he was responsible for football and baseball operations, including scheduling, officiating, and game operations.
Prior to Conference-USA, Hanks spent 13 years in the NFL league office in New York where he was promoted by Commissioner Roger Goodell to Vice President of Football Operations & Compliance. He served as the NFL’s Compliance Appeals officer and Co-Chair of the NFL College Relations Committee. He left the NFL in 2016 to return home to Dallas and Conference-USA headquarters.
We at NFL Alumni wish Merton Hanks much success in his new position. The Pac-12 has postponed its football season due to COVID-19 concerns and is aiming to play this spring. This delay will enable Hanks to acclimate to his new responsibilities in California and get reacquainted with his old friends and business associates in his adopted home in the Bay Area.